industrial hemp refers to the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of
whichare cultivated exclusively for fiber, stalk and seed. Industrial hemp is genetically distinct fromthe drug varieties of Cannabis, also known as marihuana. Industrial hemp has less thanthreetenths of one percent of the psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Theflowering tops of industrial hemp cannot produce any drug effect when smoked or ingested; and
the reluctance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) topermit industrial hemp farming is denying agricultural producers in this country the ability tobenefit from a high-value, low-input crop, which can provide significant economic benefits toproducers and manufacturers; and
the DEA has the authority under the Controlled Substance Act to allow Michigan toregulate industrial hemp farming under State law and without requiring individual Federalapplications and licenses.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
that the County of Alcona Board of Commissionersurge Congress and the Administration to recognize industrial hemp as a valuable agriculturalcommodity and to take steps to remove barriers in order to encourage the commercialproduction of this crop; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED
that we urge the Michigan legislature to pass legislation toregulate industrial hemp farming under State laws and regulations without requiring Federalapplications, licenses, or fees.
Roll Call: Yes-Thompson, Vichunas, Brummund and Phillips. No-BoyatMOTION CARRIED 4-1